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- June 4 – English publication of For a Song and a Hundred Songs: A Poet's Journey through a Chinese Prison by Liao Yiwu, recounting Yiwu's time following the Tiananmen Square protests of June 4, 1989, and the four brutal years he spent in jail for writing the poem "Massacre".
- August 5 – PEN International's Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) issues a call to action, demanding that the jailed 60-year-old Kazakh poet Aron Atabek be released from solitary confinement, where he has been since December 2012 and where he will continue to stay until the end of 2014. This is his punishment for writing The Heart of Eurasia, a blunt critique of President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his government. Atabek is currently serving an 18-year prison sentence for other alleged crimes against the state.
- September 13 – Australians Graham Nunn and Andrew Slattery are accused of plagiarism over separate works which they have published.
- September 21 – Ghanaian poet and diplomat Kofi Awoonor is among those who are killed in the Westgate shopping mall shooting in Nairobi, Kenya.
- September 22 – In the United Kingdom, poet C. J. Allen withdraws from the Forward Prize shortlist after admitting to plagiarism in some of his earlier work. He has been nominated in the category for "best single poem." Fellow poet Matthew Welton says he noticed last year that Allen had plagiarised some of his work.
Works published in English
- Richard James Allen, Fixing the Broken Nightingale, Macau: ASM and Markwell: Cerberus Press – Flying Islands Books
- Peter Boyle, Towns in the Great Desert, Glebe: Puncher & Wattmann
- Maree Dawes, brb, Sydney: Spineless Wonders
- Diane Fahey, The Stone Garden: Poems from Clare, Melbourne: Clouds of Magellan
- Luke Fischer, Paths of Flight, North Fitzroy: Black Pepper
- Alan Gould, Capital, Glebe: Puncher and Wattmann, 2013
- Les Wicks, Sea of Heartbeak (Unexpected Resilience), Glebe: Puncher & Wattmann
- Gwen Benaway, Ceremonies for the Dead
- Jason Christie, Unknown Actor, Insomniac Press, London, ON
- Barry Dempster, Invisible Dogs, Brick Books, London, ON
- Adam Dickinson, The Polymers, Anansi, Toronto
- Don Domanski, Bite Down Little Whisper, Brick Books, London, ON
- Catherine Greenwood, The Lost Letters, Brick Books, London, ON
- Phil Hall, The Small Nouns Crying Faith, BookThug, Toronto
- Danny Jacobs, Songs That Remind Us of Factories, Nightwood Editions, Gibsons, BC
- Niki Koulouris. The Sea with No One in it. Erin, ON: The Porcupine's Quill
- Erín Moure, Pillage Laud: Cauterizations • Vocabularies • Cantigas • Topiary • Prose, BookThug, Toronto
- Sara Peters, 1996, Anansi, Toronto
- Shane Rhodes, X: Poems & Anti-Poems, Nightwood Editions, Gibsons, BC
- Jacob Scheier, Letter from Brooklyn, ECW Press, Toronto
- Paula Green, The Baker's Thumbprint, Seraph Press
- Kate Camp, Snow White’s Coffin, Victoria University Press
Poets in Best New Zealand Poems
- Dannie Abse, Speak, Old Parrot, Hutchinson.
- John Agard, Travel Light Travel Dark, Bloodaxe Books, Tarset, England.
- Megan Beech, When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard, Burning Eye Books.
- Emily Berry, Dear Boy, Faber.
- Julia Bird, Twenty-Four Seven Blossom, Salt.
- Rhian Edwards, Clueless Dogs, Welsh.
- Amy Key, Luxe, Salt Publishing, Cromer, England.
- Sinéad Morrissey, Parallax, Carcanet Press.
- Helen Mort, Division Street, Chatto & Windus, London, England.
- Heather Phillipson, Instant-Flex 718, Bloodaxe.
- David Nickle Read, Vespertine's Wander.
- Christopher Reid, Six Bad Poets, Faber.
- Michael Symmons Roberts, Drysalter, Jonathan Cape.
- Robin Robertson, Hill of Doors, Picador.
- Susanna Roxman, Crossing the North Sea, Dionysia Press, Edinburgh. This poetry collection is supported by Creative Scotland, formerly the Scottish Arts Council.
- Miles Salter, Animals, Valley Press, Scarborough, England.
- Claire Trévien, The Shipwrecked House, Penned in the Margins, London, England.
Anthologies in the United Kingdom
- Carol Ann Duffy, 1914: Poetry Remembers (Faber & Faber) ISBN 978-0571302147
- Nathan Hamilton, editor. Dear World & Everyone In It (Bloodaxe Books) ISBN 9781852249496.
Criticism, scholarship and biography in the United Kingdom
Anthologies in the United States
- Lyn Hejinian & Barrett Watten, editors. A Guide to Poetics Journal: Writing in the Expanded Field, 1982 – 1998. (Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, Connecticut). Includes: Steve Benson, Charles Bernstein, Beverly Dahlen, Alan Davies, Robert Glück, Susan Howe, George Lakoff, Jackson Mac Low, Viktor Shklovsky, Ron Silliman, Kathy Acker, Bruce Andrews, Rae Armantrout, Michael Davidson, Johanna Drucker, Carla Harryman, George Hartley, Bob Perelman, Kit Robinson, Nick Robinson, Leslie Scalapino, Peter Seaton, Warren Sonbert, Pierre Alferi, Dodie Bellamy, Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, Jerry Estrin, Harryette Mullen, Ted Pearson, Andrew Ross, Lorenzo Thomas, Reva Wolf, John Zorn
- Pierre Joris (Editor), Habib Tengour, editor. Poems for the Millennium, Volume Four: The University of California Book of North African Literature
- Glenn O'Brien, editor. The Cool School: Writing from America's Hip Underground, Library of America. Includes: Mezz Mezzerow, Miles Davis, Henry Miller, Babs Gonzales, Art Pepper, Neil Cassady, Delmore Schwartz, Terry Southern, Annie Ross, Lord Buckley, Diane di Prima, Jack Kerouac, Frank O’Hara, LeRoi Jones, Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, Bob Dylan, William S Burroughs, Ishmael Reed, Andy Warhol, Nick Tosches, Hunter S Thompson, Iris Owens, Lester Bangs, Gary Indiana, Richard Prince, Emily XYZ, Eric Bogosian, George Carlin
- George Quasha & Jerome Rothenberg, (eds.) America a Prophecy: A New Reading of American Poetry from Pre-Columbian Times to the Present (Station Hill Archive Editions)
- TC Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson, editors. Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Nightboat Books. Poets include Samuel Ace, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Micha Cárdenas, kari edwards, Duriel Harris, Joy Ladin, Dawn Lundy Martin, Eileen Myles, Trish Salah, Max Wolf Valerio, John Wieners, Kit Yan, Zoe Tuck
- Susan M. Schultz, editor. Jack London Is Dead: Contemporary Euro-American Poetry of Hawai'i (and Some Stories), Tinfish Press.-Contributors: Scott Abels, Diana Aehegma, Margo Berdeshevsky, Jim Chapson, M. Thomas Gammarino, Shantel Grace, Jaimie Gusman, Endi Bogue Hartigan, Anne Kennedy, Tyler McMahon, Evan Nagle, Janna Plant, Susan M. Schultz, Eric Paul Schaffer, Julia Wieting, Rob Wilson, and Meg Withers
Criticism, scholarship and biography in the United States
Poets in The Best American Poetry 2013
Works published in other languages
- Gillo Dorfles, Poesie, Italian art critic, painter and philosopher
- Michel Houellebecq, Configuration du dernier rivage, French poet
- Christine James, Rhwng y Llinellau, Welsh poet published in the United Kingdom
Awards and honors by country
Awards announced this year:
Canada awards and honours
- Archibald Lampman Award: Nina Berkhout, Elseworlds
- Atlantic Poetry Prize: Lesley Choyce, I'm Alive. I Believe in Everything
- 2013 Governor General's Awards: Katherena Vermette, North End Love Songs (English); René Lapierre, Pour les désespérés seulement (French)
- Griffin Poetry Prize:
- Gerald Lampert Award: Gillian Savigny, Notebook M
- Pat Lowther Award: Rachel Rose, Song and Spectacle
- Prix Alain-Grandbois: René Lapierre, Pour les désespérés seulement
- Raymond Souster Award: A. F. Moritz, The New Measures
- Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize: Sarah de Leeuw, Geographies of a Lover
- Prix Émile-Nelligan: Michaël Trahan, Nœud coulant
France awards and honors
New Zealand awards and honors
- New Zealand Post Book Awards:
United Kingdom awards and honors
- Cholmondeley Award:
- Costa Award (formerly "Whitbread Awards") for poetry:
- English Association's Fellows' Poetry Prizes:
- Eric Gregory Award (for a collection of poems by a poet under the age of 30):
- Forward Poetry Prize:
- Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize for poetry:
- Manchester Poetry Prize:
- National Poet of Wales:
- National Poetry Competition 2013:
- T. S. Eliot Prize (United Kingdom and Ireland):
- Shortlist (announced in November 2013): 2013 Short List
- The Times/Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry Translation:
United States awards and honors
- Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize: Sarah Rose Nordgren for Best Bones 
- * AML Award for Poetry awarded Alex Caldiero for sonosuono (with recognition also to Susan Elizabeth Howe's collection Salt and Lance Larsen's collection Genius Loci
- Best Translated Book Award (BTBA) – Poetry Finalists for 2013 BTBA (see note)
- Bollingen Prize: Charles Wright – Judges: Susan Howe; Geoffrey O'Brien; Joan Richardson
- Jackson Poetry Prize: – Arthur Sze
- Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books: Cecily Parks for O’Nights
- Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award: Marianne Boruch of West Lafayette, Indiana, for her collection The Book of Hours
- The Kundiman Poetry Prize from Alice James Books and Kundiman: Lo Kwa Mei-en for Yearling
- Lambda Literary Award:
- Gay Poetry: Stephen S. Mills, He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices
- Lesbian Poetry: Etel Adnan, Sea and Fog
- Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize:
- National Book Award for Poetry: Mary Szybist for Incarnadine (Graywolf Press)
- Finalists: Frank Bidart, Metaphysical Dog (Farrar, Straus and Giroux); Lucie Brock-Broido, Stay, Illusion (Alfred A. Knopf); Adrian Matejka, The Big Smoke (Penguin Poets/Penguin Group USA); Matt Rasmussen, Black Aperture (Louisiana State University Press)
- Longlist: – Roger Bonair-Agard, Bury My Clothes (Haymarket Books) ; – Andrei Codrescu, So Recently Rent a World, New and Selected Poems: 1968–2012 (Coffee House Press); – Brenda Hillman, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (Wesleyan University Press) ; – Diane Raptosh, American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press) ; – Martha Ronk, Transfer of Qualities (Omnidawn Publishing)
- Judges: Nikky Finney, Ada Limón, D. A. Powell, Jahan Ramazani, Craig Morgan Teicher
- National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry: Frank Bidart for Metaphysical Dog
- The New Criterion Poetry Prize: Dick Allen for This Shadowy Place; Judges: Debora Greger, David Yezzi, Roger Kimball
- PEN Award for Poetry in Translation: Molly Weigel for The Shock of the Lenders and Other Poems by Jorge Santiago Perednik
- Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry: R. A. Villanueva for Reliquaria
- Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (United States): Sharon Olds for "Stag's Leap"; Jury: Carl Phillips, Maurice Manning, C.D. Wright.
- Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Award: John Taylor for Selected Poems by Lorenzo Calogero
- Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize : Marie Ponsot
- Wallace Stevens Award: Philip Levine 
- Walt Whitman Prize – Chris Hosea for Put Your Hands In ; – Judge: John Ashbery
- Whiting Awards: Ishion Hutchinson, Rowan Ricardo Phillips
- Yale Younger Series: Eryn Green for his collection, Eruv – Judge: Carl Phillips
From the Poetry Society of America
- Frost Medal: Robert Bly
- Shelley Memorial Award: Lucia Perillo / Martín Espada – Judges: Amy Gerstler & Marilyn Nelson
- Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson Award: Greg Wrenn; Finalists: Heather Cousins / Jacquelyn Pope – Judge: Brian Teare
- Lyric Poetry Award: Micah Bateman; Finalists: Bruce Bond / Andrea Carter Brown – Judge: Carolyne Wright
- Lucille Medwick Memorial Award: Gary Young; Finalists: Bruce Bond / Diana Khoi Nguyen – Judge: Patricia Smith
- Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award: Elyse Fenton; Finalists: Meena Alexander / Lia Purpura – Judge: Kevin Prufer
- Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Student Poetry Award: Lizza Rodriguez; Finalists: Sarah George / Jack Hunt – Judge: Gabrielle Calvocoressi
- George Bogin Memorial Award: Paula Bohince; Finalists: Jamaal May / Lucy Ricciardi – Judge: Cate Marvin
- Robert H. Winner Memorial Award: Carol Light Finalist: C. E. Perry – Judge: David Wagoner
- Cecil Hemley Memorial Award: Ted Mathys – Judge: Alice Notley
- Norma Farber First Book Award: Nick Twemlow for Palm Trees (Green Lantern Press, 2012); – Judge: Timothy Liu
- 'Finalist: Robert Ostrom for The Youngest Butcher in Illinois (YesYes Books, 2012)
- William Carlos Williams Award: Naomi Replansky for Collected Poems (Black Sparrow|David R. Godine) – Judge: B. H. Fairchild
Birth years link to the corresponding "[year] in poetry" article:
- January 10 – Evan S. Connell, Jr., 88 (born 1924) American novelist, poet, and short story-writer.
- January 20 – Toyo Shibata, 101, Japanese poet
- January 29 – Anselm Hollo, 78 (born 1934), a Finnish poet who resided in the U.S. since 1967
- January 24 – Lucien Stryk, 88 (born 1924) American poet, Zen scholar and translator
- March 2 – Thomas McEvilley, 73 (born 1939), an American art critic, poet, novelist
- March 21 – Chinua Achebe, 82 (born 1930), Nigerian writer, perhaps best known for Things Fall Apart, also published many volumes of poetry, including his Collected Poems in 2005
- March 30 – Daniel Hoffman, 89 (born 1923), past Poet Laureate of the U.S. in 1973 and 1974.
- August 17 – John Hollander, 83 (born 1929), American poet and literary critic.
- August 30 – Seamus Heaney, 74 (born 1939), Irish poet, playwright, translator, critic, and winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature.
- September 23 – Álvaro Mutis, 90, (born 1923), Colombian poet, novelist and essayist.
- "Almost 50: Prison Of The Mind – A Chinese poet's memoir of incarceration".
- "A Poet Survives China's Prison: Liao Yiwu's 'For a Song and a Hundred Songs'". ZYZZYVA.
- "Call to Action – Kazakh Poet Aron Atabek: A Prison Within a Prison". PEN International.
- Sheerin, Cathal. "A Prison within a Prison: the Solitary Confinement of Kazakh Poet Aron Atabek"
- Fitch, Toby. (2013-09-23). "Plagiarism scandal has revealed an ugly side of Australian poetry". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
- "Prof. Awoonor dies in Al-Shabab attack in Kenyan Mall". citifmonline.com. Retrieved 2013-09-22.
- Vincent, Alice (2013-09-22). "Nairobi shopping mall attacks: Kofi Awoonor, Ghanaian poet, killed in Westgate Attack". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2013-09-22.
- "Somalia's al-Shabab claims Nairobi Westgate Kenya attack". BBC. 2013-09-22. Retrieved 2013-09-22.
- "Poem pulled from Forward prize shortlist after plagiarism row" (Books). The Guardian.
- "Poet withdraws from Forward Prize over plagiarism". BBC News. 2013-09-22.
- reprint of Pillage Laud which was first published in 1999 in an edition of 300 perfectbound copies and 26 spiralbound copies lettered A-Z and signed
- The best poetry of 2013 | Books | The Guardian
- Underrated books: Overlooked fiction and nonfiction of 2013
- The Best American Poetry 2013, Guest Edited by Denise Duhamel
- Book News: Forward Prize For Poetry Goes To Michael Symmons Roberts : The Two-Way : NPR
- "browse". Upress.pitt.edu. Archived from the original on 2017-09-25. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- "Best Translated Book Award 2013". Rochester.edu. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- Transfer Fat by Aase Berg, translated from the Swedish by Johannes Göransson (Ugly Duckling Press; Sweden); pH Neutral History by Lidija Dimkovska, translated from the Macedonian by Ljubica Arsovska and Peggy Reid (Copper Canyon Press; Macedonia); The Invention of Glass by Emmanuel Hocquard, translated from the French by Cole Swensen and Rod Smith (Canarium Books; France); Wheel with a Single Spoke by Nichita Stanescu, translated from the Romanian by Sean Cotter (Archipelago Books; Romania); Notes on the Mosquito by Xi Chuan, translated from the Chinese by Lucas Klein (New Directions; China); Almost 1 Book / Almost 1 Life by Elfriede Czurda, translated from the German by Rosmarie Waldrop (Burning Deck; Austria)
- "YaleNews | 2013 Bollingen poetry prize goes to Charles Wright". News.yale.edu. January 22, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- "» Santa Fe's Arthur Sze Wins Major Poetry Prize". ABQ Journal. Associated Press. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- "Marianne Boruch Wins Kingsley Tufts Award | Poets and Writers". Pw.org. 2012-09-01. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- Mary Szybist, Frank Walker, and the top 10 poetry books of 2013
- The National Book Awards Longlist for Poetry Announced – The Daily Beast
- 2013 National Book Award
- "Dick Allen wins 2013 New Criterion Poetry Prize by Brian P. Kelly". The New Criterion. 2013-01-09. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- "The Pulitzer Prizes | Citation". Pulitzer.org. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- Olds, Sharon (2012-09-07). "Safe Landing For 'Stag's Leap'?". NPR. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- "Marie Ponsot Wins Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize | Poets and Writers". Pw.org. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- Philip Levine Wins Wallace Stevens Award : Harriet Staff : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation
- "Eryn Green Wins Yale Younger Poets Prize | Poets and Writers". Pw.org. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- 02/12/13 by PSA. "Announcing the 2013 Frost Medalist, Robert Bly – Poetry Society of America". Poetrysociety.org. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- 03/29/13 by PSA. "Announcing the 2013 Shelley Memorial Award, Martín Espada and Lucia Perillo – Poetry Society of America". Poetrysociety.org. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- "Greg Wrenn – Poetry Society of America". Poetrysociety.org. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- "Micah Bateman – Poetry Society of America". Poetrysociety.org. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- "Gary Young – Poetry Society of America". Poetrysociety.org. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- "Elyse Fenton – Poetry Society of America". Poetrysociety.org. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- "Lizza Rodriguez – Poetry Society of America". Poetrysociety.org. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- "Paula Bohince – Poetry Society of America". Poetrysociety.org. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- "Carol Light – Poetry Society of America". Poetrysociety.org. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- "Ted Mathys – Poetry Society of America". Poetrysociety.org. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- "Nick Twemlow – Poetry Society of America". Poetrysociety.org. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- "Naomi Replansky – Poetry Society of America". Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-04-18.
- In memoriam Anselm Hollo 1934–2013 | Books from Finland
- NIU mourns death of famed poet Lucien Stryk | NIU Today
- Weber, Bruce (2013-04-04). "Daniel Hoffman, Former U.S. Poet Laureate, Dies at 89". The New York Times.
- Álvaro Mutis muere a la edad de 90 años en México (in Spanish)